MacTiernan makes political comeback
MacTiernan makes political comeback

Former Labor planning minister Alannah MacTiernan has made a spectacular political comeback after last night winning the race for City of Vincent mayor in the local government elections.

The win sets up a formidable female double act in the inner city after Lisa Scaffidi was returned as City of Perth Lord Mayor.

At the close of counting Ms MacTiernan received 4493 votes over deputy mayor Sally Lake, who polled 2660.

Ms MacTiernan started her political career as a City of Perth councillor, but then spent 17 years in State politics until she bowed out in July last year to run for the Federal seat of Canning.

Her foray back to council chambers followed a hard-fought grass roots campaign.

Ms MacTiernan, who is credited with infrastructure projects such as the Perth to Mandurah rail line, had said her decision to contest the council elections came after much urging from people for her to return to politics.

She also wanted to improve a municipality she had lived in for almost 40 years.

Ms Scaffidi polled 2768 votes to convincingly fight off the challenge from millionaire King Street landlord Anne Bontempo, who received 1546 votes.

A delighted and relieved Ms Scaffidi described the result as a definitive win that gave her a clear mandate for the next four years.

"I'm very happy that it was contested," she said amid celebrations with friends and family last night.

"There's virtue in competition and I now have a strong mandate to lead the City of Perth.

"I can assure the people of Perth that I will continue to work hard for the next four years."

Of the four vacant Perth council seats contested in this election, all four candidates backed by Ms Scaffidi won.

Cr Rob Butler and Cr Janet Davidson were re-elected and will be joined by new councillors-elect Jim Adamos and Lily Chen.

Councillor Sandra Liu and deputy mayor John Tognolini were not re-elected.

The result in the City of Perth elections followed revelations in The Weekend West yesterday that major fraud squad detectives launched an investigation last week into the allegations of vote rigging in the elections.

Up to six voting packages are understood to have been stolen from mailboxes at a West Perth complex, filled out and returned to the WA Electoral Commission.

The alleged scam came to light when several people called the commission to complain about not receiving their ballot papers and were told they had already voted.

Ms Bontempo yesterday called for the Corruption and Crime Commission to investigate the allegations.

Ms Scaffidi said while it put a shadow over all candidates, the commission was following the correct procedure by reporting the matter to police.

The City of Vincent council will have four new faces following wins to Rosyln Harley, Julia Wilcox, John Carey and John Pintabona.

In other results, Tracey Roberts is City of Wanneroo mayor-elect after defeating councillor and former State Labor MP Dianne Guise, councillor Alan Blencowe and resident Martina Thomas for the position.

Sue Doherty won the position of City of South Perth mayor over councillor Travis Burrows and journalist Chris Thomas.

In the City of Fremantle, Rachel Pemberton won the battle for the City Ward seat, Dave Hume was elected to the Beaconsfield Ward and Ingrid Waltham won the East Ward.

Cr Rob Fittock and former Cr Rob Strachan were elected unopposed to the north and south wards respectively.

The West Australian

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